Green Tip: Just Wash Your Dishes

Paper and plastic plates and utensils, disposable diapers, paper towels and napkins, cheap plasticware and other nondurable consumer goods make up about 20 percent of America’s waste, which came to 50 million tons in 2015, according to the EPA. Instead, keep durable dishes and silverware on hand and wash them after use, and switch to cloth napkins, diapers and rags.